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2002: The Year in Review

Notable passings

A number of noteworthy people in Hernando County died during 2002:

2002: year in review
By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times
published December 29, 2002

Bill Underwood, ex-mayor of Brooksville. Jan. 28. He was 86.

Todd Mendyk, convicted murderer. March 2. He was 35.

J.D. Nunn, muscular dystrophy-afflicted hero. March 6. He was 14.

Alfred McKethan, Brooksville patriarch and longtime banker. April 1. He was 93.

Sally Sevier, community activist. April 11. She was 68.

Melvin Kelly, longtime Hernando sheriff. April 22. He was 84.

Talis Lewie, civic and business leader. May 1. He was 80.

Irv Clark, Stage West singer and actor. May 3. He was 74.

Billy Orr, retired county and Brooksville official. May 14. He was 72.

Olie Stonerook, retired Hernando Times photographer. June 28. He was 72.

Jennie Wright, former rural schoolteacher. July 8. She was 82.

Pete Kern, Springstead High School history teacher. Oct. 9. He was 58.

James "Garry" Biggart, former Hernando High School coach. Oct. 27. He was 60.

Toni Best, Stage West theater maven. Nov. 29. She was 71.

Winnie Kelley, documentary filmmaker. Nov. 29. She was 71.

Hugh McGeehan, Spring Hill pioneer. Dec. 4. He was 83.

Jason Lewis and Zachary "Zak" Lukas, Hernando High students. Dec. 8. They were 16.

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